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Laurent Koscielny | Defensemen

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 165

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Arsenal were able to keep Liverpool at bay throughout a lively contest on Monday despite the absence of their two first choice central defenders. Injury kept Laurent Koscielny [back] sidelined while Per Mertesacker was missing due to illness.
Brazilian Gabriel and forgotten man Calum Chambers were able to step into the breach and after a shaky 45 minutes the pair looked a lot more assured during the second half although an inspired performance from Petr Cech helped keep the sides level. Saves from Benteke and Philippe Coutinho deserve a special mention. Looking ahead to the trip to Newcastle Mertesacker is expected to recover in time but the news on Koscielny isn’t so good. The defender continues to manage an ongoing back issue and is a big doubt for the game at St James’ Park. Aug 25 - 10:51 AM

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Laurent Koscielny was the run-away most productive player for Arsenal over their two matches in Game Week 37.

The Gunners were making up a match with Sunderland that was postponed due to the FA Cup schedule and ended up with two matches in Game Week 37. Arsenal could pick up only two draws over the two matches and scored only a single goal. Laurent Koscielny, who recovered from the flu to feature in mid-week, led the way for Arsenal with 12 passes intercepted over the two matches along with three blocked shots, and two tackles won. He also got clean sheet points for the match against the Black Cats.
May 21 - 3:34 PM

Laurent Koscielny will be assessed before the midweek game against Sunderland after Arsene Wenger confirmed the French defender is suffering from flu.

Gabriel is an ideal replacement should Wenger decide to rest Koscielny against the shot-shy Black Cats who’ve struggled on the road – especially versus teams in the top 8 – W1 D4 L7 scoring just 9-times. A draw will guarantee another season in the top flight for Sunderland leaving rivals Newcastle and Hull to fight it out for the last relegation place but Arsenal need a win to keep the pressure on Man City for second place. This match is anything but a dead rubber. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck are "progressing" but neither will be fit while Mathieu Debuchy is not with the main group in training just yet.
Source: London 24
May 19 - 5:42 AM

Arsenal's attack wasn't up to the challenge of breaking down Chelsea's defense but the Gunners' defense held firm for a clean sheet draw.

Laurent Koscielny led the way for an Arsenal defense that all scored well in the nil-nil draw at the Emirates on Sunday. In addition to the clean sheet, the France international produced three passes intercepted, a blocked shot, and a tackle while being fouled twice. It wasn't an exceptional outing but it was about as much as you could expect with Chelsea conceding possession for the second consecutive week.
Apr 29 - 11:07 PM

Arsenal face the possibility of a trip to Burnley in Week 32 without stalwart defender Laurent Koscielny who is battling a groin injury.

Koscielny, who has been Arsenal's best central defender this season by a fair stretch when healthy, came off during Arsenal's destruction of Liverpool at the Emirates last weekend. The France international has apparently not yet fully recovered from what Arsene Wenger called a "little tightness" and could miss the trip to relegation-threatened Burnley. Fantasy managers should be very wary of taking a risk on Koscielny as Wenger will probably feel that Gabriel can do enough against a struggling opponent to give Koscielny some extra rest ahead of next weekend's FA Cup Semi-final against Reading.
Apr 10 - 12:19 PM

Arsenal made it nine consecutive wins at the Emirates in Saturdays’ early kick-off but their comprehensive victory against Liverpool was slightly marred by the loss of Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey to injury.

However post-match Arsene Wenger did confirm that neither injury was thought to be serious as French defender Laurent Koscielny was replaced by Brazilian Gabriel Paulista because of a "little tightness in his thigh" while Ramsey had an ankle problem "but it’s not bad." Arsenal also lost Wojciech Szczesny to a rib injury during the build-up to the match and the trio will be assessed ahead of next Saturdays’ FA Cup semi-final tie against Reading. Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta are all closing in on a return after stepping up their training / rehab this week.
Source: London 24
Apr 4 - 12:19 PM

Laurent Koscielny broke a bit of a slump in terms of fantasy performances with a massive game in the Gunners' 3-0 over West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday.

Despite Arsenal rattling off five consecutive league wins, Koscielny didn't exactly have a great deal to show for it fantasy-wise. A string of low single digit performances likely had fantasy managers looking for alternatives as Koscielny is generally expensive and was not producing despite the wins. That all changed on Saturday with nine passes intercepted and a tackle won to supplement a clean sheet. With the schedule staying relatively kind, Koscielny and Arsenal's defense has a chance to build on the big performance.
Mar 17 - 9:57 AM

Laurent Koscielny had a huge fantasy match against Stoke City but should be considered a bonus for fantasy managers, not a harbinger of bigger things to come.

A goal and a clean sheet on the way to a 21 point effort in the Yahoo format certainly looks great for a player returning from the injured list fairly recently. Before we get too carried away, let's remember that in his other 10 appearances so far this season, Koscielny compiled a total of only 79 fantasy points. That's not a terrible average by any stretch of the imagination but he carries a heavy price in most salary cap formats and there are likely to be others who are much better value for the money. Koscielny has also been very brittle this season leading to the distinct possibility of an injury at any moment derailing your significant investment in the player.
Jan 14 - 12:24 PM

Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin have resumed full training and could be called upon for the Week 19 trip to West Ham United.

With Arsene Wenger forced to employ makeshift defensive line-ups for much of the past few months, he will be excited at the prospect of having Koscielny back to start and Bellerin back as a reserve right back who might be able to keep pace with some of the Premier League's faster left wingers. Koscielny's status as a starter for the Week 19 trip to Upton Park is uncertain but he seems likely to at least be on the bench with a start possible.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny looks like he'll be ready to ease Arsenal's defensive woes as he prepares to return for Week 19 or 20.

You have to imagine Arsene Wenger would like his defense to be at full strength for the visit of West Ham on Sunday as they have looked very good with the attacking trio of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Stuart Downing leading the charge. Wenger will have to weigh Koscielny's potential for re-injuring himself with the potential issues associated with continuing to persist with Mathieu Debuchy at the center of the defense and Calum Chambers out wide against the Hammers.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Arsenal's injury crisis continues to mount as Laurent Koscielny continues to be absent joining a host of others unavailable for the Week 16 visit from Newcastle.

The Magpies have been tearing up the league for the better part of two months and they will arrive at the Emirates on Saturday to find Arsenal at anything but full strength. The defense will be missing Koscielny (calf), Nacho Monreal (ankle), and Calum Chambers (suspended) in addition to a variety of attacking players. The only saving grace is that former Magpie Mathieu Debuchy will be available for the first time in months and will likely deputize in the middle of the park.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny will be available to Arsene Wenger for Arsenal's Week 13 match at the Hawthorns.

The France international has been out for almost six weeks. He was on the bench for the 2-0 win over Dortmund mid-week but did not make it on to the pitch. Given the timelines that Arsene Wenger has indicated previously, it is hard to imagine that Koscielny will be ready to start on Saturday against the Baggies. Most likely he will be on the bench for Week 13 and possibly the mid-week match as well.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 09:29:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny must be ahead of schedule in his recovery because Arsene Wenger has deemed him fit enough for a place on the bench against Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday's Champions League tie at the Emirates.

It was only a few days ago that Arsene Wenger declared Koscielny three weeks away from full group training. Apparently the schedule has moved up because he has been passed fit enough for a potential substitute role in a key Champions League match against group leaders Dortmund. It seems unlikely that Wenger will use the France international unless times are desperate but the way things are going at Arsenal, desperate isn't out of the question.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 03:24:00 PM

Arsene Wenger indicated today that Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are about three weeks away from full group training.

With the jam-packed holiday period getting ready to start, Koscielny and Debuchy can't return soon enough for Arsenal. The frailties of Nacho Monreal deputizing as a center back and Calum Chambers doing the same at right back were pointed out in the club's come-from-ahead 2-1 loss to Swansea in Week 11. If Arsenal are to mount a significant challenge for a top four spot and get past the group stage of the Champions League then their first choice defenders are likely going to have to return to full match readiness before the fixture list starts to get bogged down in December. The schedule Wenger laid out indicates that this is possible but only just. Any setbacks will mean Arsenal playing a series of league matches with less than a full strength defense.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Arsenal's defensive woes continue with the news that Laurent Koscielny will likely be out until after the international break if not longer.

Arsene Wenger wasn't precise on Koscielny's prognosis in his press conference leading up to the Week 9 match-up with Sunderland but what seemed clear is that the French international is likely to be absent through the mid-November international break. Calum Chambers will return from his suspension which will ease some of the defensive issues but it seems likely that Arsenal will continue to depend on Nacho Monreal to deputize at center back which isn't ideal.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 04:50:00 PM